Kalamazoo, Lake Shore and Chicago Railway

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Kalamazoo, Lake Shore and Chicago Railway
Locale Michigan
Dates of operation 1906–1916
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Kalamazoo
KLS&C engine #37, circa 1910.

The Kalamazoo, Lake Shore and Chicago Railway (aka The Fruit Belt Line) operated on track laid between Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan. Much of the track has been removed and is now known as the "Van Buren Trail".

The railway went through the following towns, starting from the east:


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  1. ^ Van Winkle, Louis (January 2004). "South Haven Depot". Michigan Passenger Stations. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 

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